Bailey Wins Groza Award
BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Oklahoma State’s all-time leading scorer Dan Bailey caps his career with one of the greatest honors a collegiate kicker can receive, as he was presented with the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award at the Home Depot College Football Awards show on .
Bailey received the award, sponsored by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission and named for Pro Football Hall of Fame kicker Lou “The Toe” Groza, in front of a national television audience, as well as fellow Cowboys Justin Blackmon and Kendall Hunter, who were in attendance for their outstanding performances this season.
After joining the team as a walk-on from Mustang, Okla., Bailey consistently improved throughout his career and became one of the most valuable players on Oklahoma State’s record-setting 10-win regular season in 2010.
In addition to the school record for career scoring (358), Bailey holds the mark for consecutive conversions (182) and field goals made in a season (24). The all-Big 12 kicker is 24-28 on field goal tries and has converted 65 s this year, ranking third nationally in field goals made and second nationally in points per game with 11.42.
Bailey, the Big 12 special teams player of the year, is the first Cowboy in school history to receive the Lou Groza Award.
The Cowboy senior had several highlight-reel moments this season to solidify his honors, including a 40-yard field goal as time expired to beat Texas A&M in a nationally-televised Thursday night game and a pair of 52-yard field goals in a 4-4 performance that helped spur an win at Louisiana.